Loyal Union Sampler Blocks 20, 21 and 22/121

Hurray! That’s the first two rows finished.

This one is called Combination Star.

B-9 Combination Star

Next up is Connecticut.

B-10 Connecticut (My version)This is actually my own adaptation of the original block design in the Loyal Union Sampler book by Jennifer Chiaverini which shows all 12 pieces meeting at the centre. I suspect the Moda fabric I’m using is just too thick to work with this block. I had several attempts which seemed to be getting progressively worse in appearance. All went well every time until the final seam and then there was nowhere for all the bulk to go. I tried spiralling the seams, opening them and also pressing to one side but that final seam just didn’t want to play and knocked everything gonky. I even trimmed the seams with no luck. If I’d been working with prints it would have probably been OK but these solids are so unforgiving. Hence, the final solution after discussion with Claire was to piece the centre in 4 instead of 12 and it’s worked really well.

I was initially approaching this project as a purist. I’m usually more than happy to change designs and patterns to my liking but I’d set out to follow this one to the letter and I found it so hard to “give in”. Anyway, after looking at several of the other blocks that are still left to do, I found a couple with appliqué and I definitely have no intention of doing appliqué blocks for this quilt. Once I’d made that decision it was easy to change Connecticut.

Finally, to complete the second row, is a block called Constance’s Pride. You can see the virtual quilt so far to the right of the screen.
B-11 Constance's Pride

Do you ever change designs? Maybe use patterns just as inspiration and then go off on a tangent? I suppose if we do change things it means our projects will be unique.

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  1. A St

     /  February 19, 2018

    I don’t know how you’ve got the patience! Spectacular! X

  2. claire93

     /  February 19, 2018

    you’ve been so industrious of late! Just look at that! Two rows of your virtual quilt complete – yay!

  3. I wouldn’t hesitate to alter something if there was an easier (and tidier) way to achieve the same result. I don’t really ever follow patterns as I don’t make other people’s designs, but I think the same would apply if I did… And if blocks are traditional, I think how you make them should be at your own discretion. I look forward to seeing how you deal with the dreaded appliqué alternative!

    • I wish I was as artistic as you Kate but sadly I have to stick with what I know. I tend to change less about patchwork patterns than I do for other crafts. Appliqué on this quilt is a no-no for me because I think having the odd couple of appliqué blocks would look out of place with all the others. Having said that, I’ve seen loads of the LUS made up and they’re all gorgeous with appliqué.

  4. witchylin

     /  February 20, 2018

    I almost always alter designs to fit better with the fabric or the colours. As I have the book I looked it up and like yours better. Considering the design instructions take up only a quarter of page 28 I feel it is open to alteration. 🙂

    • Oh, thank you very much Lin 🙂 I really wanted to do this one exactly as it is in the book but never mind. I’ll have a unique version.

  5. That is coming along so well. Good for you.

  6. I like the variation! I would be tempted to make your version but piece it so the centre square could be in one piece to fussy cut some motif. 🙂


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